Book Launch Event: The Confession of Copeland Cane, with author Keenan Norris in conversation with Dr. Michael DatcherTuesday, June 15 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Live virtual event!
“Keenan Norris is simply one of the most talented young writers around.”—Victor LaValle
How to describe The Confession of Copeland Cane, the explosive new novel by Oakland-based author Keenan Norris? According to MacArthur Fellow Mike Davis, like “Thomas Pynchon, Nathaniel West and Ralph Ellison going into a bar where they decide to write a novel about the gentrification wars in the East Bay.” And yet Keenan Norris’s prose is all his own: dexterously lyrical, sharp, and skillful in reflecting our own moment.
The Bay Area Book Festival is delighted to partner with the Museum of the African Diaspora to celebrate the publication of The Confession of Copeland Cane. We hope you’ll join us for Keenan Norris’s conversation with polymath Dr. Michael Datcher, who penned the New York Times bestselling novel Raising Fences: A Black Man’s Love Story. Together they’ll discuss the state of cities and American letters, and, of course, will field a question or two from the audience.
About the Book
Set in East Oakland in a very near future, Keenan Norris’s The Confession of Copeland Cane is a vital dispatch to our present times. Copeland Cane V is a teenager with a predilection for flip phones, a finely developed sense of the absurd, and a spot at the nearby prep school even as he and his folks face eviction from their apartment. Meanwhile, property developers are waging war across Oakland, and the state has merged with the Soclear Broadcasting conglomerate to surveil and harass Cope’s neighborhood in the name of anti-terrorism. And in the aftermath of a protest rally against police violence, everything changes, and Cope finds himself a wanted man without a clear past or future. One boy’s coming of age story converges with an American history that has not yet occurred—but that all too easily could.
The Confession of Copeland Cane is available for purchase at the MoAD Bookstore.
Free admission, but you must register to receive the watch link. Each ticket includes private access to the event recording for 10 days following the live event. Purchase your copy of The Confession of Copeland Cane here. All copies will be shipped by the MoAD Bookstore starting June 15.
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